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Sweeping new wildlife plan must go back to the drawing board, say NGOs

Sweeping new wildlife plan must go back to the drawing board, say NGOs

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick The government’s plan to create mega-landscape conservation areas equal to seven Kruger Parks seems a brilliant idea but – according to wildlife NGOs and a law centre – it has fundamental flaws and should be redrafted. This is the draft National Biodiversity Economy Strategy: Proclaim 14 million hectares, the equivalent of seven Kruger National Parks, of wildlife and wilderness “mega-landscapes” to conserve biodiversity while using the natural resources of the areas to create jobs and promote economic growth. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the...

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Middlemen not communities, benefit from trophy hunting

Middlemen not communities, benefit from trophy hunting

By Joel Konopo - Botswana Guardiansun Why do politicians inflate the value of recreational hunting and community benefits when the economic evidence in favour of trophy hunting is thin? When a Botswana delegation visited the United Kingdom in March this year to dissuade British MPs from voting for a bill that bans the importation of hunting trophies, representatives from Mababe - a small settlement and a significant player in safari hunting - were left behind. This exclusion baffled village chief, Kgosi Kgosimontle Kebuelemang, and points to a larger systemic problem. Not only are...

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Statement on the killing of Super Tusker elephants in Tanzania

Statement on the killing of Super Tusker elephants in Tanzania

By IFAW (Nairobi, Kenya – 26 April 2024) IFAW is deeply concerned about the recent killing of two ‘Super Tusker’ elephants in the transboundary landscape of Northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya. At a time when elephants are facing increasing threats from climate change, habitat loss and demand...

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The Journal of African Elephants was created by a group of concerned journalists, biologists and conservationists, who, after years of tracking and documenting the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephant populations, have recognised the urgent need for a dedicated English and French news and commentary space to enhance and increase global awareness of the plight of Africa’s savanna and forest elephants. Our Commentary service, in particular, are writers that focus on the need to provide awareness of Africa’s elephants and affected surrounding human communities from a distinctly African perspective that, for the most part, is lacking in the dominance of Western media.